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Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe, Jeevat He Karo Aas
Jeevat Karam Ki Fansi Na Kaati, Mue Mukti Ki Aas  

Translation

Alive one sees, alive one knows
Thus crave for salvation when full of life
Alive you did not cut the noose of binding actions
Hoping liberation with death!

My Understanding

In this Doha, Kabir is referring to the concept of salvation which all religions guarantee in one form or the other.  When someone dies, we all tend to offer condolences by saying, "May God give peace to the departed soul".

However, liberation cannot come until one snaps all earthly bonds.  Besides, what good is liberation or salvation, when one is dead, unable to recount, unable to narrate and unable to share?

Referring to the theory of Karma, Kabir clearly suggests in this Doha that while conducting our actions, we should be diligent. We should not get attached or enslaved by them and thereby get trapped in the quagmire of ego, greed, hatred, fear, procrastination, etc. Only when one is non-attached to the fruits of the action, only then one can be free from the bondage, only then one can be liberated while full of life. 

 

Rajender Krishan
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Comments on this Doha
Comment In this Doha, Kabir says ....whatever is to be done, do it when we are alive. When we are alive, we have to cut all bondage - which lie in terms of our like, fondness, passion, love, ego, hatred, and anything that defines "I", "me", "mine", and "myself."

This bondage has to be cut when we are alive. if we don't cut when we are alive then only death is our break. Only death is what can given us break from "pain" as whatever defines us gives us pain, irrespectively of what it is.

In other words, "Mukti" or "liberation" is when we are alive not when we are dead.
Dharmin Desai
05/07/2014
Comment I am so glad and grateful to you for introduce to me and perhaps many this extraordinary mystic Kabir. I started to read a bit at the time to savor slowly his essence. Thank you.
pilipubul
08/05/2013
Comment thanks sir for all your work...
harpreet singh
12/29/2012
Comment Hello Mr Rajender,

Thankyou for putting up Kabir. I coincidentally landed here and started reading.
Though we are all taught some bit of kabir in school...it doesn't register. Worse still he seems silly and is sidelines by our general society /teachers/colleagues and the popular curriculam takes over!
I cant tell you how fortunate I am to discover him thru you. So I'd like to thank you. I got so inspired that i read some more from another book.
I just read the Gita...and am still buried under its profoundness and am surprised at how simply Kabir put out the same learnings for easy access to every1 ...am equally astounded by how simply we missed him so far!!! Im 34 and I do not know of any1 around interested in him and the younger lot , wouldn't even care!
Nevertheless, am sure more people like me would get here somehow and benefit like i did.
Please add more dohas if you know...id love to read them..

Thankyou so much.

Love
Garima
Garima Arora
03/14/2012
Comment its a well matched poem relating to lives nicely written within two lines.
......great.......
neha
05/18/2011
Comment Real Inspiring.....
21497
01/18/2011
Comment very nicely presented
bhavna
07/02/2010
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Index of Dohas in English
  1. Looking at the grinding stone
  2. I searched for the crooked
  3. Tomorrows work do today
  4. Speak such words
  5. Slowly slowly O mind
  6. Give me so much O God
  7. In vain is the eminence
  8. Like sesame contains the oil
  9. Begging is like perishing
  10. Neither illusion nor the mind
  11. Kabira in the market place
  12. Kabir's mind got cleansed
  13. Reading books everyone died
  14. In anguish everyone
  15. Guru is the washerman
  16. Alive one sees
  17. Inexpressible is the story of Love
  18. Worry is the bandit
  19. Don't be so proud and vain
  20. Don't be so proud and vain - 2
  21. By my doing nothing happens
  22. Like the pupil in the eye
  23. When you were born
  24. First the pangs of separation
  25. With the ocean set ablaze
  26. Kabir, save the wealth ...
  27. Hope lives in a dying world
  28. If I say one, It is not
  29. Kabir, This is the abode of love
  30. The Rosary rotating by the hand
  31. Eons have passed whirling rosary
  32. The rosary made of wooden
  33. When "I" was then Hari was not
  34. Ages have passed shaving
  35. What harm have the hair done
  36. Arise from slumber O Kabir
  37. O Kabir, Your Hut
  38. He alone's the Warrior
  39. Guru the Potter ...
  40. Liberation Comes Not in Seclusion
  41. Both Guru and Gobind (God) are One
Index of Dohas in Hindi
  1. Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar
  2. Bura Jo Dekhan Mein Chala
  3. Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar
  4. Aisee Vani Boliye
  5. Dheere Dheere Re Mana
  6. Sayeen Itna Deejiye
  7. Bada Hua To Kya Hua
  8. Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai
  9. Mangan Maran Saman Hai
  10. Maya Mari Na Man Mara
  11. Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein
  12. Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya
  13. Pothi Padh Padh Jag Mua
  14. Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare
  15. Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda
  16. Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe
  17. Akath Kahani Prem Ki
  18. Chinta Aisee Dakini
  19. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye
  20. Kabira Garv Na Keejiye - 2
  21. Kabir Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai
  22. Jyon Naino Mein Putli
  23. Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein
  24. Pehle Agan Birha Ki
  25. Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein
  26. Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye
  27. Aasa Jive Jag Mare
  28. Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin
  29. Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka
  30. Maala To Kar Mein Phire
  31. Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya
  32. Kabir Maala Kaath Kee
  33. Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin
  34. Moond Munddavat Din Gaye
  35. Keson Kaha Bigadia
  36. Kabir Soota Kya Kare
  37. Kabira Teri Jhompri
  38. Kabir Soyee Soorma
  39. Guru Kumhar Sikh Kumbh Hai
  40. Shune Padiya Na Chootiyo
  41. Guru Govind Toh Ek Hain

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